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This acne home remedy is a facial mask made with raw unprocessed honey, powdered cinnamon, powdered nutmeg and lemon juice from concentrate. Honey you buy at the traditional grocery store has been pasteurized which destroys many of the nutrients in raw honey. These nutrients are often the very element we need when using honey for our health.

Honey is used as the base for our mask because it naturally has anti-bacterial properties, works as an anti-inflammatory and has peroxide in it that is slowly released. The nutrients in honey help provide the skin the materials it needs to regenerate itself. This is important because pimples are nothing more than infections in clogged pores.

Nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory. The inflammatory properties of nutmeg and honey help reduce any swelling, redness and irritation you may have.

Cinnamon is a stimulant. Think of it as an all natural exfoliant. Cinnamon helps stimulate the pores, which can help the other ingredients gain access so they can do their jobs.

Lemon juice is acidic and it should never be used alone but mixed with the other ingredients that balance out its high acidity it can work great.

Your zits do need zapping and the lemon juice aids in this department. Lemon is a natural bleach and can, in time, calm down the skin darkness caused when you pick at your pimples.

In a small bowl, scoop out a good heaping tablespoon of honey. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg. Then splash in about half of a teaspoon of lemon juice. (The concentrate lemon juice has been recommended over fresh squeezed lemon juice because it keeps better and will not go bad as fast.)

Use a small spoon to slowly mix together all the ingredients until the mixture is the color of chocolate. Stir until the mixture is smooth and lump free and add more cinnamon if it is not dark enough.

Before using this mask, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry. Do NOT rub dry or you will irritate your acne.

Use your fingers or a spoon to smooth the honey based mask over your face. It is a good idea to cover your whole face and not just where you have acne visible. You can use it around your lips because the honey will moisturize them which helps eliminate chapped lips. Do NOT put this mixture under your eyes or on your eyelids because the cinnamon and lemon are probably going to irritate these sensitive areas. Make sure you smooth the mixture on thick enough so the brown color is highly visible but not so thick it drips.

Leave the honey mask on for at least 30 minutes but longer is better because the honey, cinnamon and nutmeg work best over time.

When you are ready to remove the mask, use a washcloth that has been dipped in warm water to gently wipe it off.

Any left over mixture can be refrigerated and used as spot treatments for fresh pimples or another mask. It should keep in the refrigerator for about a week but will go sour quickly if left out because of the lemon juice.

You have many options available to you for treating your acne and this is just one acne home remedy.

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